Duke of Edinbugh Gold Expedition - June 2014

On Sunday 29 June, four Gold groups headed for the Dark Peaks of Derbyshire to undertake their last practice expedition of their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The expedition consisted of 20 students from Years 11 & 12 that were accompanied by five staff and ex-Aquinas student, and recent recipient of the Gold Award, Chris Pakes.

The recent dry spell meant that the usual quagmire that is usually found on top of the hills, was much more welcoming to the expeditionists, although one or two students did their best to get themselves stuck in the bogland.

The students were a credit to themselves, overcoming a number of aches and pains and had clearly grown in confidence since their previous expedition just before Easter.

A huge thank you to the staff who yet again: Mrs Taylor who is now a mainstay at Gold and was on hand to ensure the smooth operation of the expedition; Mr Tinsley, our very own mountain leader, with a wealth of knowledge to share; Mr Saunderson, who joined the expedition on Sunday evening having just finished fourth in a marathon that very day - what commitment; Mr Baker, having just returned from the Palace where he was recognised for his commitment to the Award, having now supported over a hundred students on their way to completing their Gold Award. And finally our ex-student, Chris Pakes, who in addition to imparting his wealth of knowledge to the expeditionists, undertook a 400 mile round trip, just to help our students along the road to achieving the Gold Award.

Mr Flood
Assistant Headteacher



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